Global Asia Minor

Our program offers an interdisciplinary study of Asia, focusing on the region's historical, political, economic, and cultural interconnections with other parts of the world.

Program Requirements

Total Units: 30

This minor program may be completed in conjunction with any major or honours bachelor’s degree, or within the bachelor of arts degree program that requires two minors.

Lower Division Requirements:

Students must complete at least 15 units, including

GA 101 - Introduction to Global Asia (3)

and two language courses from*

CHIN 100 - Mandarin Chinese I (3)
CHIN 110 - Mandarin Chinese II (3)
CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III (3)
JAPN 100 - Japanese I (3)
JAPN 110 - Japanese II (3)
JAPN 200 - Japanese III (3)
PUNJ 100 - Introductory Punjabi I (3)
PUNJ 110 - Introductory Punjabi II (3)

* We recommend that students take language and non-language courses concurrently.

** Students who are fluent in any of the above languages, who possess fluency in a language not offered at SFU, or who wish to fulfil the language requirement by taking language courses elsewhere should get in touch with the program director to discuss alternatives.

and one of

GA 210 - How Asia Became Global: Empire, Migration, and Globalization in the Making of Modern Asia (3)
GA 211 - Asian Migrations Across the Globe (3)

* Students who complete both GA 210 and GA 211 may count one as an elective.

and one of

GA 202 - Studies in Global Asia (3)
GA 210 - How Asia Became Global: Empire, Migration, and Globalization in the Making of Modern Asia (3) *
GA 211 - Asian Migrations Across the Globe (3) *
HIST 206 - Imperial Japan (ca. 1868-1952) (3)
HIST 243 - A Brief History of Modern India - from British Colony to Independent Republic (3)
HIST 252 - Islamic India (3)
HIST 254 - China to 1800 (3)
HIST 255 - China since 1800 (3)
HUM 203 - Great Texts: Asian Thought and Literature (3)
IS 210 - Comparative World Politics: Trajectories, Regimes, Challenges (3) **
IS 220 - Wealth and Poverty of Nations (3) **
IS 230 - Beyond the Nation-State: Identity and Belonging in a Globalized World (3) **
SA 275 - China in Transition (SA) (4)
WL 201 - East/West Encounters (3)

* Students who complete both GA 210 and GA 211 may count one as an elective.

** Students must consult their program advisor/Departmental Undergraduate Chair to ensure that content is appropriate.


Upper Division Requirements:

At least seven upper division units used toward satisfying the upper division requirement must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Students complete a total of at least 15 units and may complete other courses with variable content that have appropriate content that do not appear below.

CHINA

CMNS 445 - Media and Popular Culture in China (4)
GA 302 - Selected Topics in Chinese Studies (3)
HIST 366 - Social and Cultural History of Modern China (4)
HIST 367 - History of the People's Republic of China (4)
HIST 479W - Contentious Problems in Modern Chinese History (4)
IS 333 - Chinese Development and Its Discontents (4)

JAPAN

GA 303 - Selected Topics in Japanese Studies (3)
HIST 371 - The Asia-Pacific War in Modern Japanese History (4)
HIST 447W - The Nikkei Experience in North America (4)
HIST 471W - Women in Japanese History (1600-1952) (4)
POL 381 - Japanese Politics (4)

SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

IS 303 - Ethnic Minorities, Identity Politics, and Conflict in Southeast Asia (4)
IS 313W - Nationalism, Democracy and Development in Modern India (4)
IS 314 - National, Regional, and International Politics in Southeast Asia (4)
IS 414 - Current Regional Issues in Southeast Asia (4)

TRANS-GLOBAL

BUS 431 - Business with East Asian Countries (3)
CMNS 443 - Comparative Asian Media Systems (4)
ENGL 361 - Diaspora Literatures in English (4) *
GA 300 - Asians and North Americans in Public Discourse (3)
GA 301 - Asia-Canada Identities: Experiences and Perspectives (3)
GA 388 - Topics in Queer Global Asias (4)
GA 400 - Selected Topics in Global Asia (3)
GSWS 312 - Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration (4) *
GSWS 388 - Topics in Queer Global Asias (4)
HIST 358 - Development, Aid and Difference in Historical Perspective (4) *
HIST 368W - Selected Topics in the History of the Wider World (4) *
HIST 425W - Gender and History (4) *
HIST 464 - Problems in Modern Asian History (4)
HUM 331 - Special Topics in Asian Religious Traditions (4)
HUM 382 - Selected Topics in Asian Art and Cultures (4)
IS 322 - Central Asia: Conflict and Security (4)
PHIL 342 - Topics in Asian Philosophy (3)
POL 342 - Developing Countries in Global Politics (4) *
POL 446W - International Relations in East Asia (4)
SA 328 - States, Cultures and Global Transitions (SA) (4) *
SA 329 - Sex, Work, and International Capital (SA) (4) *
WL 304 - Exile and Migration (4)

* Students must consult their program advisor/Departmental Undergraduate Chair to ensure that content is appropriate.

About Our Program

The Global Asia program offers a minor program which will facilitate a comprehensive knowledge of the region and a broad understanding of human experience through an introduction to Asian languages and through courses offered in other departments and units of the University, including Humanities, Anthropology and Sociology, English, World Literature, Political Science, International Studies, Communications, and History.

*The Global Asia program may be completed in conjunction with any major or honors bachelor's degree, or within the bachelor of arts degree program that requires two minors.   

*Upper Dvision courses used toward completion of the Global Asia minor may not also be used to fulfill program requirements in another department or program.